Department of History

Undergraduate Programs

The Department prides itself on offering students a wide variety of course topics and learning experiences. The expertise of the twelve full-time faculty members extends across Canada, the U.S.A., Asia, Europe, Britain and Latin America, and stretches from pre-modern Europe and Asia to the present day. 

The study of the past involves mastering complex bodies of knowledge and questioning widely held assumptions. In an electronic age, the ability to carry out research, to evaluate evidence, to think creatively and to argue effectively is more essential than ever. Graduates from the Saint Mary's History Department have moved on to successful careers as lawyers, journalists, teachers, archivists, museum administrators, public servants, web designers, business leaders and university professors.


Major

To obtain a Major in History, students must complete at least forty-two credit hours (42.0) in history, as follows:

  1. six (6.0) credit hours but no more than twelve (12.0) credit hours at the 1000 level;
  2. HIST 3000.1(.2) The Discipline of History (formally HIST 2370.1 (.2));
  3. the remaining credit hours must be at the 2000 or 3000 level or above ; and
  4. at least six (6.0) credit hours at the 4000 level . 

Please Note: A minimum program quality point average of 2.00 is required.

(see the general regulations concerning Arts Degree requirements in the University Calendar pp 45-51).

Take a look at our major map, for a sense of what your experience studying History at SMU can be like. Click on the map for a larger version.


History major map large


Minor

To obtain a Minor in History, students must complete twenty-four (24.0) credit hours . At least twelve (12.0) credit hours must be at the 2000 level or above.

Please Note: A minimum program quality point average of 2.00 is required.

(see the regulations for minors in the University Calendar pp 45-51).


Double Concentration (B.A. General 90 Credit Hours)

To obtain a B.A. with History as part of a Double Concentration students must complete twenty four (24.0) credit hours in History, including eighteen (18.0) or more at the 2000 level or above.

Please Note: A minimum program quality point average of 2.00 is required.

(see the double concentration requirements in the University Calendar, pp 202-210.